The report was written for the agency by an expert panel and takes into account the latest information and current predictions about climate change in the UK.
It suggests the following consequences are “possible” if no action is taken:
The National Health Service will need to adapt hospitals, nursing homes and other infrastructure to be more resilient to the effects of heat, gales and floods, the agency says.
Professor Robert Maynard, who chaired the expert panel at the HPA said, “It is important that we assess the possible health impact of climate change and take any actions that could minimise the consequences.”
The report is to submitted to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s current inquiry on adaptation to climate change.